Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by pawl, 12 Jul 2019 at 13:57.
I had several of these 'HMRC' calls 2 or 3 weeks ago, I just ignored them,
My elderly Mum got the call from "Microsoft" and a bullying woman with a far-east accent managed to persuade her to go online and download some software. Luckily Mum had an appointment she couldn't miss so she had to terminate the call but they agreed to talk again later. In the meantime she began to worry about it so she phoned me for advice and I told her not to switch on the laptop again but to take it to the local computer doctor, who removed whatever had been uploaded. They kept ringing her for several days after that, poor woman was in quite a state.
Older folk grew up at a time when you could trust most of the people you knew. And as you age the part of your brain that governs belief becomes less active and you become more gullible.
I used to get the odd such call on my work mobile, the brass neck of them.
The fact that you checked to see if it was a scam suggests that you weren't surprised to get a demand from HMRC....
For a lot of us there is a reason we sometimes get a letter at this time of year from HMRC.
The reason I checked is I was surprised to receive a demand was because I am on a pension.
Seeing that the call was from originated from India made me suspicious
RIP Hope you decided on cremation or they will e along to exhume your body.
Joking aside for anyone worried about this stuff just remember the tax man always send's letters , never calls, text, email ect.
My help someone stay safe
If you did you'd be in good company, like this man who had the same idea some forty five years ago;
Does anybody remember him?
John Stonehouse, buggered off to Oz with his secretary Sheila Buckley. The episode inspired to TV series The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.
I got a call from “ Clydesdale Bank Security” asking if I had authorised a sum of £1100 to an account in India. I think the next move was to get my a/c number and pin tho’ the call to me never got that far. Several people locally were taken in however as they seemed to be targeting the elderly who were in many cases not very computer savvy. I do have internet banking so it is easy to do an online check but in one case the bank computers were down which made it slightly more complicated.
I have had similar calls, usually the broadband technical help one, and I ask them for two simple things to verify their identity: the account number to which the call refers, and the seventh and thirteenth characters of the agreed security passphrase. I mean, obviously there is no passphrase but it's good fun listening to them try to bluff it. They never can tell me the account number either, funny that.
I frequently get emails from them. Helpfully they never contain a link to login from their tell you to search for it instead.
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